The Bingham Canyon Mine , more commonly known as Kennecott Copper Mine among locals,  is an open-pit mining operation extracting a large porphyry copper deposit southwest of Salt Lake City , Utah , in the Oquirrh Mountains. The mine is the largest man-made excavation, and deepest open-pit mine in the world,   which is considered to have produced more copper than any other mine in history — more than 19 million tons. The copper operations at Bingham Canyon Mine are managed through Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation which operates the mine, a concentrator plant, a smelter , and a refinery. The mine has been in production since , and has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0. Minerals, in the form of copper ore, were first discovered in Bingham Canyon in by two brothers, Sanford and Thomas Bingham, sons of Erastus Bingham, latter-day saint pioneers of September , who grazed their cattle there. They reported their find to their leader, Brigham Young , who advised against pursuing mining operations because the survival and establishment of settlements was of paramount importance at that time.
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With U. You know that song, Paradise , about coal trains and the Green River and strip mining. When I was a child my family would travel. Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born. And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered.
It operated in the U. Some systems in Big Muskie were electro-hydraulic, but the main drives were all electric. The machine had a crew of five, and worked around the clock, with special emphasis on night work since the per kilowatt-hour rate was much cheaper. Once it had stripped all the overburden in one area of the pit, it could move itself short distances usually less than 1 mile [1.
Big Brutus is the nickname of the Bucyrus-Erie model B electric shovel , which was the second largest of its type in operation in the s and s. Big Brutus is the centerpiece of a mining museum in West Mineral, Kansas where it was used in coal strip mining operations. The shovel was designed to dig from 20 to 69 feet 6. Fabrication of Big Brutus was completed in May , after which it was shipped in railroad cars to be assembled in Kansas.